Yearly Exam

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

I went in for my yearly exam last week. They always take my blood pressure and weigh me. I stood on the scale. She adjusted the balance and wrote down the number, 165. I felt like saying, “Um, it was 164 and that was with my shoes on,” but I thought that it was a moot point. It’s not like they are tracking my weight.

The first thing that my doctor said to me was, “I see you’re keeping the weight off. What are you doing? Exercise?” She didn’t have my file, but she did have the sheet of paper where the nurse had written my weight. It said, “165 down from 170.” I thought to myself, “Five pounds in one year. How pathetic.” I mumbled to the doctor, “I have been doing Weight Watchers. I’m not at my goal yet, so I kind of feel like a failure…” She shook her head, “Most people who lose the weight gain it back the next year. I see it all the time. You’re doing a really good job.” I shrugged, “Yeah, I guess. I’ve kept that initial fifty pounds off for almost three years now…”

I guess they ARE tracking my weight.


One Response to “Yearly Exam”

  1. Kristine Says:

    That’s kinda funny. They don’t seem to track it going in the other direction and I think that’s a shame. I’m regularly expecting that the next time I see my Doctor, someone will mention my weight and even though the scale has gone up about 40 lbs over the last 2 years, no one mentions it. Finally last time I asked what I could do about my weight and was told, “Well, Atkins works for a lot of people.” You couldn’t have picked my jaw up off the floor with a forklift. I’m still shocked. I’m also probably going to my first ever Weight Watcher’s meeting tonight. I’m nervous.

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